CFN – A facebook group administered by a gentleman that has one group taken down for hate symbols and been suspended for copyright infringements, defacement of the poppy, as well as being a convicted criminal has now been caught using the Township’s logo illegally to make the page look as though it has the township’s seal of approval.
Township clerk Loriann Harbers confirmed that South Stormont will be taking “appropriate action” to remedy the use of the township’s logo.
Ironically the Deputy Mayor of South Stormont herself, Tammy Hart is a member of the group and participates in it as well as candidates Richard Currier and Mike Proulx.
Councilor Richard Waldroff appeared to rebut some of the alleged mistruths being spouted by Mr. Currier and his supporters.
I would like to clarify an item I found in circulated material recently
This project was approved prior to 2010; the purchase was accompanied by a $76,000 deposit. The company was not able to acquire the funding needed to complete the build. After a lengthy time period the township foreclosed on the outstanding mortgages and reclaimed the property. As a result of this action an expense of $22,783.59 was incurred for legal and taxes leaving the township with $53,216 from the deposited monies, this was transferred to South Stormont Township Municipal Land Development account for future endeavours. The losses incurred by the Township on this transaction was the time, and energy of the Council and Staff who were attempting to bring something good to the township. During this time I know of no other inquires to purchase the property in question.
(Source December 11, 2013 Finance report F-20-2013 to council)
This morning Mr. Currier made several defamatory comments about our coverage of council meetings.
..to the Deputy Mayor and tried his intimidation techniques, by putting it in her face. Deputy Mayor Hart, loudly stated “get lost, get lost, get lost”. He smirked and went back to his corner. The Mayor and council witnessed this, and did nothing. This has happened on numerous occasions, in South Stormont. Mayor McGillis, Councilliors Woods, Waldrof and Brownlee, continue to allow this intimidation.
Mr. Currier perhaps isn’t aware that it’s common for media to question elected officials before and after an event. In this case I was asking the Deputy Mayor about the grave allegations that she had removed a stack of The South Stormont News from a restaurant complaining that it was bashing her. The papers included four election ads and is under investigation by the OPP.
It should be noted that Mr. Currier was to my back so it would bewildering to imagine how he could possibly see my face which was not smirking or otherwise. Also as was noted in the group, surely if Mr. Currier feared for Ms Hart’s safety he would not have simply sat in his chair? In the video Ms Hart appears to be turning her gaze to him. There was a desk between the two of us and a good six feet of space. The other elected officials and staff may not have said anything because nothing improper was done. I walked up to councilor Brownlee and did an interview with him before the same meeting started as well.
Mr. Currier’s platform and advertising is pinned to the top of the Boycott South Stormont News facebook page as well.
In politics not every question an official gets is one they like. Politicians are held to standards and the public does have a right to answers. That is the job of media; to try and get those answers.
In this case the newspapers in question were in a restaurant that the All Candidates debate is to take place on Tuesday October 7 at 7 PM and the Deputy Mayor, who has stated publicly and repeatedly that she wants to “get rid of that paper” would not be interested in taking a stack of papers to read?
The group is mostly populated by members of the group that had been taken down for Hate symbols as well as another group that has now gone underground; the Cornwall n area X Files, which also was hit for trademark infringement and for defacing the poppy which Mr. Currier, who is retired military supported as did honorary Lt Col of the Glens and former Liberal MPP Jim Brownell who was a member of the group, and when asked about the incident stated that he wasn’t “his brother’s keeper”.
The defacement of the poppy was called:
“It is a first. I have never seen such a blatant defacement of our sacred symbol and believe that if other Canadians could see it, they’d be as outraged as I am,” says Bill Maxwell, who is secretary of the Legion’s Poppy and Remembrance Committee.
They say politics make strange bedfellows. The hatred being exhibited by this motley crew have Deputy Mayor Hart, who erected a bill board in the 2006 election against then Mayor Jim Bancroft, now endorsing him, and the twinning of Hart, a hard core Conservative with long time Liberal Brownell.
The election is on October 27, 2014.
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